Nicole Jon Sievers, MSW, LCSW
, is dedicated to advocacy and passionate for social justice. For more than 25 years, she has worked with youth and the systems serving them. She is celebrated for inspiring adolescents to summon courage, humility, and resilience. Her diverse roles have included counselor, school teacher, educational district consultant, Outward Bound instructor, and forensic consultant.
Nicole drives initiatives. She brought Nobel Peace Prize Laureates to schools for collaborative problem-solving; she raised funds for peace concerts; she hosted dinners for humanitarian figures at her home, including a U.S. Presidential candidate; she even shared a dance with Mick Jagger onstage—once!
Nicole recognized that peer-to-peer incentives are an unusually potent means of diminishing bullying behavior and started the Stand for Courage Foundation in 2011. The Foundation was honored with a “Visionary Award” from the American Psychological Association in 2014. The grant will support further research of program efficacy. Her extensive training, diverse experience, and unique vision have led to consultation and teaching on the public stage; her radio and television guest appearances have been aired locally, nationally, and internationally.
Nicole is frequently invited to organizations and groups as a guest speaker, and was appointed by the Mayor of Seattle to the Music Commission
in July, 2014. As a Seattle Music Commissioner, Nicole is a member of a diverse group of community, business, and industry leaders who guide Seattle's efforts to support, promote, expand, and encourage Seattle's vibrant culture of music. She also has been a contributor to many publications including books, magazines, and newspapers. Her first book, It's Your Mind: Own It!,
was published in January of 2015.